Photo by Silvia Vatteroni

After costly mistakes, the Russian team finished in 3rd place at Sofia’s team final, behind Romania (1st) and Great Britain (2nd). But they are not disappointed with the results.

‘I think that we are to be congratulated on this bronze medal, we are more satisfied than frustrated’, Mustafina said in an interview published on allsportinfo and translated by rewritingrussiangymnastics.

“We were a new team, all the girls are young, and it’s their first time in such a serious competition.  I think today we performed to the best of their ability.  Yes, we have had two falls today – on the uneven bars and balance beam.” added Mustafina who is the oldest and only experienced member of the Russian team.

Three members of the team are having their first major international competition experience. Whereas, the country’s key gymnasts Viktoria Komova (World champion and two time Olympic silver medalist) , Anastasia Grishina (Olympic and European medalist)  and Ksenia Afanasyeva (World and European champion) are all recovering from injuries.

Mustafina said that her young teammates failed psychologically stating that it is their first time to compete on senior podium. The Russian gymnast emphasized that none of them is sad and that she is pleased with her performance in the competition.

The 19 year old gymnast who has been suffering from ankle pain since before the European championships, will go to Germany after the competition ends to re-examine her ankle.

Mustafina will compete tomorrow (Sunday) on uneven bars and balance beam in event finals.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid


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